Continuing on from the last Mindset Mastery post, we learn more about how Dr. Gunsaulus turned an idea into an institution. You’ll recall when we left Dr. Frank Gunsaulus he was trying to raise one million dollars to begin an innovative institution of learning, one that he saw as a solution to the educational difficulties of the day.
How Do You Get A Million Dollars?
He knew all these great truths, yet he did not know where, or how, to lay his hands on a million dollars. The natural reaction would have been to give up and quit, by saying, “Ah well, my idea is a good one, but I cannot do anything with it, because I never can procure the necessary million dollars.” That is exactly what the majority of people would have said, but it is not what Dr. Gunsaulus said. What he said, and what he did, are so important that rather than paraphrase the Doctor, the author chose instead to quote him here…
Ways And Means
“One Saturday afternoon I sat in my room thinking of ways and means of raising the money to carry out my plans. For nearly two years, I had been thinking, but I had done nothing but think!
“The time had come for action!
“I made up my mind, then and there, that I would get the necessary million dollars within a week. How? I was not concerned about that. The main thing of importance was the decision to get the money within a specified time, and I want to tell you that the moment I reached a definite decision to get the money within a specified time, a strange feeling of assurance came over me, such as I had never before experienced. Something inside me seemed to say, ‘Why didn’t you reach that decision a long time ago? The money was waiting for you all the time!’
Force Of Action
“Things began to happen in a hurry. I called the newspapers and announced I would preach a sermon the following morning, entitled, ‘What I would do if I had a Million Dollars.’
“I went to work on the sermon immediately, but I must tell you, frankly, the task was not difficult, because I had been preparing that sermon for almost two years. The spirit back of it was a part of me!
“Long before midnight I had finished writing the sermon. I went to bed and slept with a feeling of confidence, for I could see myself already in possession of the million dollars.
Clarity Of Vision
This is an interesting point where we find Dr. Gunsaulus. How many times have you yourself been at or near this point? Or, perhaps if you are one of the lucky few, you’ve reached this point and made it beyond to great success and wealth.
I think we can all identify with Gunsaulus at least in part. We all have had great ideas simmering in our minds. It’s whether or not you have acted upon it that sets you apart and makes the difference.
We’re not finished yet with Gunsaulus and his story. Do come back, particularly if you are one on the brink, and find out how to tips the scales.
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